Aug. 23-25 in Waverly with Father Gary Coulter
WAVERLY (SNR) – Father Gary Coulter will present a retreat on the Gospel of Luke Aug. 23-25 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly.
The theme of the retreat is “The Divine Physician: Addressing our Spiritual Ills.”
In this weekend retreat, Father Coulter invites all to learn from Jesus’ example and teaching in the gospel of Luke. St. Luke, as a physician himself, presents Jesus as the ultimate physician who heals the wounded sinner: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)
Luke’s gospel is also important for how Jesus instructs people to pray.
“It is crucial for us to understand that God is eager to teach us how to pray,” Father Coulter said. “Indeed, he already plants the desire and seeds of prayer in our heart.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us... Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.” (CCC 2560)
Father Coulter recommended as a resource the book Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina by Tim Gray.
“We must always keep in mind that prayer is God’s invitation to enter into an intimate relationship of love and life with Him,” Gray explains in the book. “If we forget that this is what is happening when we pray, we start treating prayer as simply an obligation.”
A priest for 20 years, Father Coulter has been the director of Good Counsel Retreat House for six years, and frequently speaks about the importance of retreats.
“Entering into the spiritual battle of prayer involves a simple choice,” he said. “Is this going to be a priority or not?”
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, with single rooms and private baths. Retreats include meditations, silence, prayer, adoration and the sacraments. They typically begin with a rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
Other upcoming retreats for men and women will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2, a three- or four-day “Silent Directed Ignatian Retreat” with Father Christopher Barak; Sept. 5-8 on “The Work of the Holy Angels,” and Sept. 13-15, an “Unbound” retreat with Matthew Simmons.